Bird lives wild life

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

PERTH Zoo staff are over the moon af­ter a red-tailed black cock­a­too they nursed back to health was spot­ted do­ing well in the wild.

The cock­a­too ar­rived at the zoo in Septem­ber 2015 as a ju­ve­nile and was re­leased in July last year.

Zoo se­nior vet­eri­nar­ian Si­mone Vi­tali said the cock­a­too was un­able to walk when it came to the zoo be­cause of a frac­tured pelvis.

“It was likely hit by a car and it couldn’t use its feet; it would squat in a cage,” she said.

“We saw a grad­ual im­prove­ment and af­ter two weeks in our hos­pi­tal the cock­a­too was given to the Kaarakin Black Cock­a­too Con­ser­va­tion Cen­tre.”

The cock­a­too was spot­ted in the wild by Rick Daw­son from the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife in June.

“Some­thing like this is un­prece­dented; it rarely hap­pens that we get con­fir­ma­tion,” Dr Vi­tali said.

“The Carn­aby black cock­a­toos usu­ally travel hun­dreds of kilo­me­tres, while the red-tailed cock­a­toos stay closer to the metro area.

“There are about 250 black cock­a­toos that come to the zoo each year but only about 40 per cent be­come fit for re­lease.

“It’s very ex­cit­ing for ev­ery­one and it’s a group ef­fort be­tween DPAW, Kaarakin and us.”

Pic­ture: Rick Daw­son

The cock­a­too spot­ted in the wild.

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